The best way to understand feet is to read about and understand the anatomy of feet in artist anatomy books (such as Classic Human Anatomy
by Valerie Winslow), and to draw feet from life and/or from photographs. Do not expect yourself to know how to draw anything without first studying about it (If you think you know without studying, your brain is lying to you). If you have a stylized kind of art, it's best to know how something looks before
you stylize it. This way your stylizations will look well-informed and attractive.EXTRA TIP:
People's pinky toes will do different things. If you wear tight shoes all the time, you may find your pinky toe is lying on it's side, is suspended from the ground, or is even pushed up over another toe. If you draw your own feet for study or reference, remember to keep in mind that if you incorporate this kind of toe into your drawings, people might think it is a mistake. Put the pinky toe down next to the fourth toe instead. Sometimes reality has mistakes you must overlook and "illustrate" your way around for the sake of executing a clear message.EXTRA EXTRA TIP:
Some of us have feet with unique qualities. If you draw feet that are unique, make sure your message of "uniqueness" is executed clearly. Don't forget to research and draw other types of feet if you want to expand your skill of drawing well-informed feet.
I hope this "tips" tutorial was helpful!
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